“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.” – 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 (NIV)
Keith Krell, in a sermon on these verses, had this to say about them and I think they’re incredibly helpful thoughts:
“So what does faithful running look like? Who are those who run in such a way that they may win?
- Christians who finish their lives still growing, still serving
- Senior saints that persist in daily prayer until the Lord calls them home
- Husbands and wives who stay faithful to each other “until death do us part”
- Young people who preserve their virginity until marriage, in spite of crushing peer pressure
- Pastors who stay passionate about ministry until their last breath
- Church members who weather the rougher patches and remain joyful, loving, and faithful
Today, you may be thinking, “I’m not running well. In fact, I’m barely in the race at all. What should I do?” The answer is: recommit to win God’s race. As long as you are in the race, run to win. Don’t just run to finish, but to win. No one just happens to make a comeback to win. Not when he is far behind. Only by believing it can happen, and with a renewed resolve to win, is a comeback accomplished. If you find yourself far behind in the race, don’t give up. Keep on running. You can still win. Don’t quit.”
Sometimes life gets busy. Wife, children, work or school tend to take over your schedule. Let’s be honest, we get complacent. And while rest is important at times, don’t let your whole existence and every day be “lazy Sunday”. We should never let ourselves become stagnant; in our spiritual walk or in our health. Group meetings are good for the soul, but they do not have to be the stopping place. So start making some changes and start caring for your temple; physically and spiritually.